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I have planted several penstemon last year and all have not survived the winter. They had a magnificent display and I was looking forward to see them flower again this year. Soil is heavy clay to which I added a lot of mushroom compost. Full sun. Surrey Hampshire border. Any suggestions?

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  • Posted: Sun. 12th June 2011 10:50

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Reply from Angie Robertson

I think the solution to your problem is to take cuttings from the plants at an appropriate time. Carol Klein done a feature on Penstemons on a TV show last year. When I watched the show, I realised that all those beautiful Penstemons I had bought last year were not going to survive but I don't have the facility to take cuttings and keep them over the winter.
I'm not an expert just a beginner gardener so am unable to give you any more advice that this, hopefully someone will give you better advice. Angie

  • Posted: Mon. 13th June 2011 00:10

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Reply from Nicola

Hi both - we have an about penstemon video on YouTube by plant nursery owner Bryn Bowles. The sound quality isn't great but could be of use??
Best regards, Nicola

  • Posted: Mon. 13th June 2011 08:11

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Reply from philippe berthoud

Thank you
Philippe

  • Posted: Tue. 14th June 2011 07:06

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Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Philippe,
Did you give them a thick, dry, winter mulch? If so, I think any you plant this year will survive winter.
Kathy C.

  • Posted: Mon. 13th June 2011 19:17

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Reply from philippe berthoud

No, they were planted in wet heavy clay so the damp site may be the problem

  • Posted: Tue. 14th June 2011 07:07

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Reply from john

I have several of these and all have survived a few winters now. I have heavy clay soil too but have incorporated lots of manure and have 'built up' my borders so they rise above the garden grass and dont sit in water. i live near Liverpool/Manchester.
Cuttings take really easily too.

  • Posted: Thu. 14th August 2014 14:05